Incoming Application Process
Financial aid awards are made on a rolling basis. Accepted students will receive their financial aid packets by email during the admissions cycle. Applications are available following acceptance to the Pritzker School of Medicine.
- Pritzker Application. Following acceptance to our program, in January of the matriculation year, our short, institutional Pritzker Application will be emailed to your preferred email address as a part of your "Next Steps" email. All admitted students should complete the Pritzker Application.
- FAFSA. Complete a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA. The FAFSA is required for students applying for federal or institutional loans. You may complete the FAFSA as early as October 1 the year prior to your matriculation. You will use your prior prior year's tax return data to complete the early FAFSA process. The Pritzker School of Medicine FAFSA code is 001774. As a strong recommendation, please use the suggested IRS Data Retrieval mentioned in the FAFSA instructions. The IRS Data Retrieval tool allows the import of tax information directly from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into the FAFSA.
Parental information is required on the FAFSA for admitted students under the age of 30 at the time of matriculation. If you are unable to provide parental information, please email the Office of Financial Aid to request a waiver of this requirement.
- Permanent Resident Card. Permanent residents of the United States must submit a copy of both sides of their permanent resident card ("green card"). This needs to be done only once during the student's enrollment.
Note: We do not require parent or student tax returns unless the student is selected for verification. The Office of Financial Aid will contact you if tax returns are needed.
Congratulations on completing the steps needed to be awarded financial aid. Once you have made your final decision to attend Pritzker, you will need to take the following steps to complete your application.
- Accept or Decline Award. Prior to matriculation, Pritzker's Registrar will contact you with instructions for setting up a CNET ID, the account that allows you to access UChicago online services. Upon claiming your CNET ID you should access My UChicago to accept, decline or modify your financial aid awards.
- Master Promissory Note. All federal loans will be disbursed by the Department of Education. All students seeking Unsubsidized Stafford Direct Loans or Grad PLUS Direct Loans must fill out a Master Promissory Note (MPN) with the Department of Education. Select University of Chicago as your school. To complete your MPN, go to the Federal Student Aid ("FSA") Website and sign in with your FSA ID and password. If you do not have a FSA ID, visit the FSA website and complete the necessary steps. If you are borrowing Grad PLUS loans as well as Unsubsidized Stafford loans, you will need to complete a separate MPN for your Grad PLUS loans.
- Entrance Counseling. Before you can receive your first loan disbursement, you will need to complete entrance counseling. Entrance counseling is a requirement of the Department of Education and the University of Chicago. Entrance counseling explains the obligations you agree to meet as a condition of receiving a Direct Loan. To complete your entrance counseling, sign into http://studentaid.gov using your FSA ID and password. Select Complete Counseling and then select Entrance Counseling. If you are borrowing a Grad PLUS loan, you will need to complete the Grad PLUS entrance counseling as well.
- Pritzker Loan Master Promissory Note Process. If you are taking a Pritzker Loan for the first time please visit ECSI. Upon accessing the website, be ready to enter "W87" for the school client code. All first-time borrowers will receive an instructional email from ECSI that will include a PIN. Upon accessing ECSI, you will need this PIN to authenticate your identity to complete your institutional loan requirements.
- Direct Deposit. If you qualify for a refund, the fastest way to get your refund will be through direct deposit. Incoming students will receive instructions for setting up direct deposit from the Office of Financial Aid.
We strongly encourage all students to minimize their borrowing. Once the school year begins, you may make changes to your borrowing at any time up until 2 weeks prior to the end of the school year. Please be aware that decreasing or canceling your loans may require you to make a payment to the university.
- Decreasing Your Loans. After you accept your award package, you may decrease your loans at any time before it has disbursed. If you wish to do so, you will need to complete the Loan Revision Form and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to (773) 834-5412. You may also drop the form off at the Financial Aid Office at 924 East 57th Street, Room 104W, or send it by regular mail.
- Canceling Your Loans. After a loan has disbursed, if you wish to return a portion or all of your funds, you will need to cancel your loan. You have the right to cancel all or a portion of your Federal student loans. As above, you will need to complete the Loan Revision Form and send it to the Financial Aid office. Once we have processed the cancellation, you will need to pay the returned portion of your student loan via your UChicago account. Click here for payment information. All requests to cancel a loan must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the end of the academic year.
- Increasing Your Loans. If you initially decline a loan or only take a portion of a loan, you may later increase your loan if you decide you need the funds. As above, you will need to complete the Loan Revision Form and send it to the Office of Financial Aid. All requests to increase your loans must be made no later than 2 weeks prior to the end of the academic year.
A student who wishes to appeal a financial aid decision should submit a letter to the Office of Financial Aid detailing the reasons for the appeal along with supporting documentation. All appeals are considered by Financial Aid Advisory Committee appointed annually by the Dean for Medical Education.